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Here are some of the good and bad reasons that people go to church for.

Submitted: August 05, 2014

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Good And Bad Reasons For Going To Church

Faisal Fransu

 

Although church attendance is a very important aspect of Christianity, yet many people go to church for the wrong reasons. Here are the ones that I could think of.

 

  1. Some people attend church for gain. So they only go when they need something from God. It is true that God is the God of all blessings, but visiting him only when you need him is a very serious problem. How would you feel if your friends only talk to you when they need you? How do you think God feels when you only talk to him for gain purposes?
  2. Other people go to church because of fear. They think that if they don’t go to church every Sunday, they’ll end up in hell. My friends, we don’t go to church to gain eternal life, but we go because we’ve already gained eternal life. So we go to church to thank God for this gift of eternal life. “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” [Ps. 100:2] Plus, attending church every Sunday does not guarantee that you’ll go to Heaven, because salvation is through faith alone-not faith and good works [Eph. 2:8-9].
  3. Still others go to church simply because their family does. Going to church as a family is great, but going only because your family does is not good at all, because you don’t enjoy or benefit anything spiritual from the service.
  4. Moreover, some people go to church to prove to others how good and religious they are. That is a form of hypocrisy! If you go to church for this reason, I see no love in your heart. Jesus said in Matthew 6:5, "When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward.” My friend, going to church is not about how good you are, but it’s about how good God has been to you. None of us is perfect. So why do you try to impress me with your good works? Do you really think that you can impress the great God, who’s the creator of the whole universe, with your little works? In Isaiah 64:6, the Bible says, “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”…
  5.  Men go to church to see the women, while women go to see the men. Well in case you don’t know, the church is not a movie theatre! In Isaiah 56:7, God said, “for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." It’s good to go to see other believers, but the Lord should be our main focus.

 

So then, what are the good reasons for going to church?

  1. We go to church to praise God for all the blessings that he has blessed us with. We go to show him how happy and thankful we are to be his children. “But as for me, in the abundance of your loving kindness I will come into your house. I will bow toward your holy temple in reverence of you.” [Ps. 5:7]
  2.  We also go to enjoy his presence and learn from him. We go to be healed of all our sadness. 3. Moreover, we go to church to get help from other believers or help other believers. So at church, you might have a conversation with a believer, and you’ll tell him/her your problems, and that person will also tell you what he/she is going through. In this way, the two of you will be able to support each other. “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” [Galatians 6:2]

 

So these were the wrong and right reasons for going to church. If you attend church for the wrong reasons, it means that you haven’t experienced the love of the Lord. Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the person who trusts in him.”

So I encourage you to open your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ, who came down from Heaven to die and take away all your sins. Do it as soon as possible, because you never know when you’re going to die! In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.”

May the Lord bless you all, and help you as you worship with other believers. Amen.


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